European Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in China

By |2020-03-19T04:16:00+00:00March 19th, 2020|Posts|

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in China grew to over USD 100 billion for the first time in 2010, spurred on by various reforms and liberalisation policies introduced from 2001, after joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO). By 2018, China was ranked as the world's second largest FDI recipient after the United States (Source: UNCTAD’s 2018 [...]

Maximizing your Image through State of the Art Retail Window Design

By |2020-03-12T05:55:35+00:00March 12th, 2020|Posts|

Retail stores serve as an important tool for marketing a retail brand to consumers. Advancements in technology have created trends that come and go at a quicker pace and faster consumer learning curves for Chinese consumers. Excellent design needs to reflect the needs of the Chinese market now in order to drive sales. Key Goals [...]

Retail Trends for Western Brands in China

By |2020-02-27T10:36:30+00:00February 27th, 2020|Posts|

As the saying goes: the dead live longer. In China, too, brick and mortar retail was predicted to collapse and become irrelevant. The speed with which consumers adapted to digital and mobile shopping, resulting in annual e-commerce growth rates of over 30% and China becoming the world’s largest online market, was supposed to be an [...]

WeChat mini-programs – a rapidly growing trading channel in China

By |2020-03-25T04:24:21+00:00February 13th, 2020|Posts|

Mini-programs are ‘sub-applications’ for the popular Chinese social media App WeChat. Tencent launched them in early 2017 and they have already become something of a Chinese mobile sensation. Mini-programs offer advanced features to WeChat users so they can turn their individual accounts into platforms for e-commerce, games, local life services and so on. We look at mini-programs, [...]

Chinese and European Aviation Agreements and their Implications for the Aviation Industry

By |2020-03-25T04:19:19+00:00January 16th, 2020|Posts|

Aviation is the safest, fastest and most efficient form of long-distance travel. Globally over 40 million flights took-off in 2016 allowing millions of passengers to reach their destinations safely (Source: IATA). To guarantee the safety of flying, international aviation safety standards were established which need to be implemented correctly to ensure that they fulfill their [...]

China’s expanding winter sports market in the run-up to the 2022 China Winter Olympics

By |2020-03-25T04:03:31+00:00December 18th, 2019|Posts|

In recent years, China’s rapid economic development and an associated growth in average personal incomes has seen growing numbers of Chinese consumers involved in leisure activities such as winter sports. The scale of the Chinese winter sports industry reached 397 billion yuan (USD 60.17 billion) in 2017 and it’s expected to hit 600 billion yuan [...]

China’s appetite for international luxury brands presents tremendous opportunities

By |2020-03-25T03:39:43+00:00December 12th, 2019|Posts|

In 2018, the global luxury goods and experience market grew by 5% to around USD 1.35 trillion, with personal luxury goods making up USD 292 billion of that. And 33% of that total came from Chinese shoppers. This article looks at the main luxury sectors attracting Chinese spend, the challenges facing foreign luxury retailers and [...]

China’s e-business platforms are leading the world

By |2020-03-24T07:25:49+00:00December 5th, 2019|Posts|

In the last decade, China has gone from generating just 1% of global e-commerce transactions to more than 40% of the world’s e-commerce transactions, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). China is fast becoming a leader in e-business. This article describes the popular platforms and the opportunities for international businesses. Chinese consumers’ e-buying habits [...]

Key Considerations for doing business in China

By |2020-03-24T07:11:23+00:00November 21st, 2019|Posts|

China’s economy was valued by the IMF at $(US) 4 Trillion in 2018, making it the world’s second biggest economy, trailing only the United States. Putting this into context, the Chinese economy is worth more than Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom’s economies combined. China is the world’s largest manufacturing economy and exporter of goods. [...]